Fontainebleau Development has appointed Cliff Atkinson as President of the vertically-integrated luxury, hotel, gaming, entertainment, and meeting destination Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Atkinson has already assumed leadership of the resort, which is set to debut in Q4 of 2023.
Atkinson is an established hospitality leader on the Strip, having served most recently as Founder and CEO of WE Advisory Group and, before that, as President and COO of Luxor Hotel and Casino. He also served as Senior Vice President of Hotel Strategy for MGM Resorts International, and in General Manager roles for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Las Vegas and San Francisco, and for New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel. He was named “Hotelier of the Year” by the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association in 2014.
“So much of Cliff’s success is rooted in his ability to build human capital and company cultures through a combination of business acumen, empathy, confidence, and natural charisma,” President of Fontainebleau Development Brett Mufson said in a press release. “Those genuine qualities and his achievements align perfectly with the Fontainebleau brand, our culture, and commitment to first class service and memorable experiences for our guests.”
“What the Fontainebleau brand has achieved in its 50-year history is unrivaled in this industry, and now I have the opportunity to merge the team’s vision with my background in luxury, lifestyle, and service, as we look to reshape the hospitality and gaming experience on the Strip,” Atkinson said. “Fontainebleau Las Vegas is, without question, the beacon of change for the future of Las Vegas.”
Located on 25 acres and approximately 9 million sq.-ft of space on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, Fountainebleau Las Vegas was estimated in November to be 75% finished with construction. Once finished, it will comprise 3,700 uniquely designed hotel rooms and more than 550,000 square feet of convention space, along with space for restaurants, shops, and other entertainment options.